I was tagged by Juls! So here goes it.
1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
I did not run – or better said, I was on a really long running break.
2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?
It’s kind of hard to pick just one best experience. My first instinct is to say my fastest half marathon, but I was on the phone with work almost the ENTIRE race – and I still ran a 2:04 . . . but I’d have to say I really enjoyed running the first 16 miles of the New York Marathon, so much to see and the spectators were fabulous.
My worst? That’s easy. In October of 2005, just a week or two after the Chicago Marathon, I thought I was hot stuff and decided to run a 10k. It was a Halloween race so my friend and I decided it would be fun to dress up in costumes. I was a devil and she was a cat. When we got to the race we were the ONLY ones wearing costumes and it was like 95F outside. It was a small race with some of those VERY SERIOUS runners. You know the type, the kind that poo poo runners who dress up and run FOR FUN. Anyway, I died about 2 miles into the race and walked the entire rest of the way. Everyone kept clapping saying, “go little devil” “you can do it” “good for you, at least you’re trying”. I wanted to scream at everyone that I had just run a freaking marathon! I came in last place.
3. Why do you run?
I started running again five years ago because I thought if I could run a marathon I’d be super skinny. My weight was up to 145 pounds and I was desperate. I trained and ran my first marathon in December of 2004. It took me six hours and I did not lose one single pound. That really sucked, but I felt really good about myself because I HAD JUST RUN A MARATHON. And don’t think I didn’t tell every stranger I met on the street either.
4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running?
Best – listen to your body.
Worst – someone once told me to put Vaseline all over my feet and that would help with my chronic blister problem. WRONG, it made it much worse.
5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
My boobs are real. I just grew them late in life.